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No PvP Mode in Diablo 3 at Launch, Says Blizzard

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There will be no PvP when Diablo 3 finally goes retail.

On Friday Blizzard's Jay Wilson said that PvP will not be a part of Diablo 3 when the game goes retail (in 2Q12). He said that PvP Arena and its systems aren't living up to their standards in its present form, thus it will be released in a patch following the game's debut. The team felt this was a better option than delaying the entire game and punishing those who merely want to enjoy the campaign and core solo/co-op content.

All of which is just about complete, he adds.

"When the PvP patch is ultimately ready, it will add multiple Arena maps with themed locations and layouts, PvP-centric achievements, and a matchmaking system that will help you and your team get into fairly matched games quickly and easily," he said in a blog. "We’ll also be adding a personal progression system that will reward you for successfully bashing in the other team’s skulls."

Many fans will undoubtedly recognize his uses of hints in the blog, throwing in phrases like "just about complete" and "soon you'll be having a blast." The blog indicates that development is about to wrap up, and even recent reports have slated the PC-based action-RPG to land on April 17 or April 19, depending on who you ask. Officially Blizzard plans to release the game in 2Q12, and so far there doesn't seem to be any signs of a setback.

Still, there may be many fans who will be disappointed that PvP won't be available at launch. "We know a lot of you are looking forward to PvP, and we’ll be focusing our post-launch efforts on making sure the Arenas are as brutal, bloody, fast-paced, and awesome as we know they can be," he said. "In the meantime, we’re in the process of putting the finishing touches on what we think is a truly epic campaign and co-op experience for launch."

Despite the delay, Wilson points out that players will be more prepared for battle once PvP Arena makes its debut, as players will have had plenty of time leveling characters, finding items, learning the classes, and perfecting builds. To some degree, maybe postponing PvP Arena was a good idea after all.

"We’ll have a lot more info to share on the PvP system in the future, and we look forward to the moment we can get the game into your hands," he said.

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    ubercake , March 13, 2012 1:01 PM
    This game was never about PvP. You had strong single and co-op mode. The game itself was always still great.

    Some of us don't want Diablo 3 to be re-manufactured WOW. If you want PvP, play any of the cliché MMORPGs out there.
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    SaucyRMD , March 13, 2012 12:53 PM
    PvP was always such a broken part of Diablo as it was. Tweaking a game around PvP mechanics usually makes classes less unique, as things are brought in line to make each class less powerful against an opposing counter-class.... i.e. WoW Cataclysm. Cataclysm was the decline of WoW in my opinion, as hit points and mana scaled so largely that all abilities were brought in line across the board. Every class had sustain, every class had heals, etc. I prefer that a game like Diablo make the PvE the 'main' part of the game and let PvP fall in where it can. You are just left clicking or right clicking your mouse on a person after all, LaWLZ
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    virtualban , March 13, 2012 12:44 PM
    I guess some fans will want PvB (players vs. blizzard) and vent their frustration by tearing down a fortress of blizard, age of empires style.
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    virtualban , March 13, 2012 12:44 PM
    I guess some fans will want PvB (players vs. blizzard) and vent their frustration by tearing down a fortress of blizard, age of empires style.
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    SaucyRMD , March 13, 2012 12:53 PM
    PvP was always such a broken part of Diablo as it was. Tweaking a game around PvP mechanics usually makes classes less unique, as things are brought in line to make each class less powerful against an opposing counter-class.... i.e. WoW Cataclysm. Cataclysm was the decline of WoW in my opinion, as hit points and mana scaled so largely that all abilities were brought in line across the board. Every class had sustain, every class had heals, etc. I prefer that a game like Diablo make the PvE the 'main' part of the game and let PvP fall in where it can. You are just left clicking or right clicking your mouse on a person after all, LaWLZ
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    ubercake , March 13, 2012 1:01 PM
    This game was never about PvP. You had strong single and co-op mode. The game itself was always still great.

    Some of us don't want Diablo 3 to be re-manufactured WOW. If you want PvP, play any of the cliché MMORPGs out there.
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    ricardois , March 13, 2012 1:08 PM
    Well PVP is not much really, if Co-Op will work, this is what i really will appreciante in the game.

    I really liked this decision, at least now i have hope in playing the game, i'd love to see the campaign and play it in cooperative.

    And i don't think that they will be punishing anyone, they will just be releasing the game sooner without a feature that is not necessary for playing the game... and later will probably add this feature.

    But what i believe they did wrong again is announce stuff before it is ready, if they didn't announced that the game had pvp, noone would be sad with this notice, people would actually be happy that there will be a PATH for that new feature.

    They just are saying too much, and much sooner, they should wait for the right time, before doing so.
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    tetracycloide , March 13, 2012 1:15 PM
    "Ironically enough, they say they are doing it so they don't punish players, yet the players that enjoy PvP are being punished."

    What you're saying doesn't make any sense. PvP isn't being delayed, it's just not ready. Releasing Solo and Co-op as soon as they're done and not waiting doesn't 'punish' anyone. Delaying their release wouldn't make PvP finish any faster.
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    aoneone , March 13, 2012 1:22 PM
    so when is this game coming out? 2016?
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    fulle , March 13, 2012 1:26 PM
    Alright we got PVP working!

    Now give us 30 dollars for the optional DLC if you want it.
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    jaber2 , March 13, 2012 1:27 PM
    YEAH, HC PVP :) 
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    supall , March 13, 2012 1:30 PM
    I don't think anyone should feel threatened by the lack of PvP for Diablo 3. Blizzard will add it in due time, but I think they are justified in withholding a feature that isn't a main staple of the game in the first place. I mean, its either they delay this feature that many aren't really going to care about or they delay the game to implement this feature. The former is much preferred, imo.
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    spookyman , March 13, 2012 1:38 PM
    Hmm I remember PK'ing in Diablo. Had to use a trainer to protect your toon from folks who like to cheat;)

    Great game when it came out in late 90's.
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    sporkimus , March 13, 2012 1:42 PM
    I thought the reason for the delay was to fix the PVP? Now they are saying that there won't be PVP at the launch? WTF BLIZZ?! I could honestly careless about PVP, it should've been a feature that was added after the game was released. At this rate, they better start working on Diablo 4 now so that I can play it before I die.
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    Crush3d , March 13, 2012 1:54 PM
    FuryliciousIronically enough, they say they are doing it so they don't punish players, yet the players that enjoy PvP are being punished. So many games are being released unfinished, and sadly enough, developers still haven't caught on to the fact that games DIE because they are released unfinished.


    This makes no sense. PvP lovers are not being punished any more with an early release of campaign/co-op than they are with a late release of the entire game.

    Think of it this way. They either push the whole game back to accomodate PvP.. say they push to October 1 (2050 lol). PvP is released October 1, campaign co-op released October 1. If they release campaign/co-op April 17th, how does that in any way punish people that want to PvP? They are in the same boat they were in before - an October1 release. If anything, they are accomodating people that are interested in campaign/co-op (of which I am sure there are many) and leaving PvP to release when it is ready rather than forcing everyone to wait for PvP.

    In addition, the tears from people that are into PvP would drown everyone if PvP was released "early (lol)" and was buggy, imbalanced, or completely dysfunctional.
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    TheLighterHalf , March 13, 2012 2:06 PM
    sporkimus. At this rate, they better start working on Diablo 4 now so that I can play it before I die.


    No more Diablo's after this one. It's the end of the trilogy. There's going to be an expansion but no Diablo 4. At least that's what Chris Metzen said.
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    Anonymous , March 13, 2012 2:26 PM
    I'm with the majority of opinions (seemingly, between this site and others) that the PVP aspect of diablo is really not that important, so i'm happy they're getting the game out sooner rather than delaying again

    one think i'm curious about...is why does toms hardware keep lagging on newsstories...this article was published on all the other sites I look at this weekend, saturday i think....but on toms it's fresh and new on tuesday?? Not that big of a deal, but still
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    anarkeygodslam , March 13, 2012 3:13 PM
    As mentioned before, PVP is not what Diablo was about. Storyline, loot driven single and co-op play was all Diablo was known for. PVP was an afterthought then, and will be an afterthought now. The gameplay is so limited for skills and such, that the convoluted prospect of 'PVP' is simply who hits whom first. There are games out there for PVP, and I am not sure why everyone has to be so competitive with EVERY game released.

    Not a finished product? Blizzard is a PC oriented company, so I highly doubt they will be releasing anything half-assed.
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    supall , March 13, 2012 3:20 PM
    TheLighterHalfNo more Diablo's after this one. It's the end of the trilogy. There's going to be an expansion but no Diablo 4. At least that's what Chris Metzen said.


    Publishers will always change their minds. Just look at Halo.
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    noblerabbit , March 13, 2012 3:28 PM
    Priorities at Blizzard: Cut PVP, but do continue to milk the RMAH feature.
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